I walked out of my yoga class Sunday morning. I was feeling quite grounded, peaceful and relaxed. I was also feeling sort of...peckish. Lucky for me I stepped right out of the Yoga Center into The Farmer’s market.
I bought a couple of yummy things from the Indian food booth and walked toward my car. On the way, I passed a plant booth with lemon cypress trees. They were so cute—they looked like mini trees. I have seen them before in arrangements specifically made to look like mini trees.
Then I saw their special sale price of only $2 a piece. The moment I saw that sale sign, I felt a warm breeze against my face carrying the heady aroma of the farmer’s market food booths. The sky seemed bluer and I could almost hear the birds in the trees calling my name—“cheap, cheap, cheap.”
Ahhh, I love Sundays.
The lemon cypress tree is known scientifically as cupressus macrocarpa. Their cultivar name is ‘Goldcrest’. It is a shrub native to California. Lemon cypress thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10. Its foliage is lemon-scented in the summer. Dwarf varieties do great as ornamentals in small pots. Larger trees are an interesting alternative to the traditional Christmas tree.
The lemon cypress does best in a location that gets at least five hours of full sun per day.
If you are going to keep them indoors, keep the cypress near the window for maximum light. Lemon cypress plants do best outside, so it can be tricky trying to keep them alive indoors for any length of time. Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet. They also like to be fed on a regular basis with something acidic like Miracid. Do not over feed them.
Lemon cypresses are very susceptible to aphids. Spray them at the beginning of spring or at the first sign of aphids, which leave a black, sooty substance on the tree. This damage can occur quickly, and a lemon cypress may take several seasons to recover from an infestation.
Lemon cypress must be pruned on a regular basis to maintain their natural triangle shape. Pruning is so important, that if the cypress is not pruned it will go brittle and quickly and die.
Placed in an attractive pot, they also make a nice hostess gift. So, when you come to my next party, you know what to bring.